Learn how to make a Christmas wreath from scratch with this easy tutorial. Evergreen wreaths are a wonderful gift to give during the holidays and they look great hung indoors or outdoors. Use tree trimmings from around your yard to make this one of a kind Christmas wreath. This wreath has an extra surprise, a jar of honey is attached to the wreath to make a one of a kind holiday gift for someone special.
How to Make a Christmas Wreath From Scratch
My favorite gifts to give over the holiday season are always homemade ones. I think people appreciate the time and effort that goes into creating a special handcrafted gift.
Today I am going to show you how to make a Christmas wreath from scratch that features a delicious jar of gourmet honey. Your recipient will get a beautiful holiday wreath to display in their home and a yummy jar of honey to enjoy. Consumables like honey are great gifts to give during the holidays. Everyone loves a gift that they can eat!
This honey wreath is an easy and inexpensive gourmet gift for teachers, co-workers or friends. It’s also great for holiday entertaining.
Honey can be served with a selection of cheese and crackers. You can also eat the honey comb on a piece of toast or an English muffin. Comb honey is great with all sorts of breakfast foods like pancakes or French toast. To eat it, use a knife and cut a piece of the comb honey and spread it over your toast or other food. The comb will soften into the bread with the honey. For best results store your honey at room temperature. On the kitchen counter or in the pantry is ideal.
All the supplies can be purchased at your local craft store. Fresh greenery can be acquired from a florist or perhaps from your own backyard.
If you don't want to attach a jar of honey you can omit it and create the wreath according to the rest of the instructions. Consider attaching a bow or other focal point to the center of the wreath.
Supplies to Make your Own Christmas Wreath from Scratch
- Jar of honey
- 12” Straw wreath base
- 1 spool of 18 gauge craft wire
- 1 spool of 22 gauge floral wire
- Selection of greenery. I used cedar, fir, boxwood, holly and eucalyptus branches
- Wire cutters
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Instructions to Make Your Own Christmas Wreath
Begin by cutting about 36 inches of 18 gauge craft wire. Then, wrap it around the base of the jar just under the lid. Twist it around itself and then place the jar on the base of the wreath and wrap the loose wire end around the wreath.
Take more wire and secure it around the lid again and secure it around the wreath base on each side of the jar. Add enough wire until the jar is securely attached to the wreath base. The jar of honey may be heavy so make sure you wrap it tightly and use lots of wire for extra support.
Don’t worry about the wire showing around the jar and wreath, it will be covered by the greenery.
Next, take bunches of greenery about 4 inches long and place them onto the wreath base. Wrap the greenery with 22 gauge floral wire to hold it into place. Start with a base of cedar and fir, alternating the two around the wreath base in a clock wise direction. Cover the wire as fresh bunches of greenery are laid down and work your way around the wreath until the entire base is covered with the evergreen branches.
Now add in other types of greenery. Eucalyptus, holly and boxwood are all nice seasonal plants to use. These smaller branches can be tucked into the existing wire. If you are working with plants like holly you may want to wear gloves so you don't scratch your hands.
Once the wreath is decorated to your liking you can trim the excess branches so that it looks neat and circular.
Now it’s ready to give to someone special! This wreath smells divine so consider hanging it indoors to help get everyone into the holiday spirit.
What special gifts are you making this year? Let me know in the comments.